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Please Help need to upgrade my PC badly XD

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by plankermaxx, 25 Mar 2006.

  1. plankermaxx

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Mar 2006

    Posts: 120

    Location: Ireland

    Hi new to forums,
    Basically I want/need to upgrade my PC so i can play current gen games I really want to play Elder Scrolls:Oblivion on med-high settings on 1078x768(?) res. These are my specs
    Dell dimension 8400
    3Ghz P4
    512mb Ram
    X300 128mb
    I know i need to upgrade my Graphics Card I was thinking either a x1800xt for £170,7800gt xfx for £150 or 7900gt for £200. Please tell me if a RAM upgrade is necessary for one of these cards to perform well as i really have a tight budget. If it is could you guys advise me on which type of ram to buy? As its Dell i cannot overclock it please guys any help GREATLY APPRECIATED. I think those prices will rise next week please reply asap thx.

    PS. A 480w TrueBlue PSU should suffice?? thx.
     
  2. Trifid

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Feb 2006

    Posts: 8,447

    You will need more than 512 of ram for these types of games unless you want really choppy gameplay, as I found out, having to pay for postage again to get more ram.

    This will help you decide on a card: [​IMG]


    (please note the res and AA that it was ran at.)
     
  3. cleanbluesky

    Capodecina

    Joined: 2 Nov 2004

    Posts: 24,654

    okay, lets upgrade your PC badly... swap to an older socket, use a pentium three
     
  4. FrankJH

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 Jun 2005

    Posts: 22,508

    I would seriously think about getting a gig of ram - I am sure some kind soul who is an expert on p4's willl tell you exactly what type - or even better two gig if you can afford it.

    As to graphics card, I would seriously consider a 7900GT or an X1900 to enjoy the most recent games at good speeds - you may get away with 7800/1800 but I would save up a little more if i were you
     
  5. plankermaxx

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Mar 2006

    Posts: 120

    Location: Ireland

    Thanks Frank greatly appreciated Im thinking of 7900gt ;)

    but still need help with the ram seeing as i cannot overclock would i find much difference between value ram and expensive ones?

    Also would any ram be compatible with my mobo?
     
  6. plankermaxx

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Mar 2006

    Posts: 120

    Location: Ireland

    Please anyone help me? have to order ram in an hour :confused: would any ram work in my dell system?? plz help
     
  7. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    That pc does actually use DDR2.

    OcUK have ..
    Samsung Original 512MB DDR2 PC5300 667MHz (MY-015-SA)
    £41.07*


    As for graphics the X1800XT is faster than the 7900GT. the extra ram will also help so get this card to save a bit of money & everything should run fine -

    PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-048-PC)
    ** Available This Week Only for just £199.95 +VAT. **


    edited to add:
    As stated below though, you may need new PSU for such a powerfull card.
     
    Last edited: 27 Mar 2006
  8. plankermaxx

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Mar 2006

    Posts: 120

    Location: Ireland

    Thanks alot mate! :D
    :bowdown:

    Great Forums Thanks!
     
  9. Raikiri

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

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    Location: Brighton

    When you upgrade your graphics, you will probably need a new PSU. Which won't work because you have a dell so you will need a new motherboard, which won't fit because you have a dell so you will need a new case. The heatsink will be dell only most likely so there will that as well...

    yeah don't buy a dell :p
     
    Last edited: 26 Mar 2006
  10. Emlyn_Dewar

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    Location: Chengdu

    That Dell uses DDR2 doesn't it?
     
  11. maddness

    Soldato

    Joined: 13 Dec 2003

    Posts: 6,111

    Location: Intel HQ

    the dell 8700 (or 4700) cant quite remember, took standard atx psu's

    besides the dell psu's tend to be quite good, can remember using a 6800 ultra in the days.